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  1. Two summers ago, Frank Crivello got oh so close to winning what would have been his first career World Series of Poker bracelet in an online event, finishing in fifth place in the $3,200 Online High Roller event. Presented with an opportunity to secure the jewelry on Saturday in a 2020 WSOP Online event, Crivello didn't disappoint. The San Diego resident outlasted 830 other players to win Event #53 ($800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha) for $106,252.72 and that highly coveted WSOP bracelet. It took roughly thirty minutes into the final table for the first player to fall. Crivello put in a min raise holding [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"] and Pulkit Goyal three-bet pot to 2.25 million with [poker card="kh"][poker card="kc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"]. This prompted Crivello put in the four-bet and Goyal made the call, putting his tournament life at risk. The [th][5d][3d] flop gave Crivello a flush draw but it was the [jh] turn that gave him the lead in the hand. The [9d] river improved Crivello's hand to a flush and he sent Goyal to the rail in ninth place for $8,854. Ajay Chabra found himself following Goyal out the door of his second 2020 WSOP final table as he found himself all-in and at risk holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="th"] against Julijan Rados’ [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7h"] flop was of little help to Chabra and the news didn’t improve on the [poker card="5h"] turn or the [poker card="kd"] river. Chabra was eliminated in eighth place for $12,080. Canada’s Markus Cara nearly put himself all-in when he raised pot with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"]. He was called by Crivello on the button holding [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"]. The flop fell [poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] and Cara put his few remaining chips in the middle and Crivello quickly made the call. All-in and behind Cara watched as the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river ended his tournament in seventh place, good for $16,480. The bustouts continued to come as Jin Li raised pot with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"][poker card="7c"] only to be three-bet by Rados who had Li covered and held [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"][poker card="4d"]. Li made the call, putting himself at risk and the table saw a board of [poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"] giving Rados the nut flush and taking out Li in sixth place for $22,483. Tszfai Tong was the next to be shown the door when he shipped his short stack in holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2h"] and was called by Crivello who had [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"]. The flop came ptc][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"] once again giving Crivello a flush draw which he spiked on the turn as the [poker card="qc"] hit. The [poker card="3s"] river changed nothing and Tong logged off in fifth place earning $30,672. A major clash at four-handed play between the UK’s Craig Timmis and Yonathan Journo sent Journo out the door next. Journo and Timmis got both their stacks in the middle pre-flop with Journo at-risk and holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4s"] while Timmis held [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3s"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4d"] flop gave Timmis a set which held through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="2h"] river. Journo exited in fourth place and picked up $41,485. No one seemed ready to go broke when the play got down to three-handed as the double-ups continued and the chips spread around the table. Eventually, Timmis and Rados faced off when Timmis raised pot on the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] and Rados made the call holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"]. The pair saw a flop of [poker card="qh"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"] and both stacks got in the middle with Rados at risk. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Timmis a higher pair which held through the [poker card="8d"] river. Rados ended in third place earning $57,088. Although Crivello lost the chip lead for a moment during heads-up play, the momentum quickly swung back in his favor and he and Timmis got it all-in preflop with the title on the line. Timmis held [poker card="6h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] to Crivello’s pkd][poker card="kh"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="kc"][poker card="2h"] flop gave both players a set. When the [poker card="9d"] hit the turn, Timmis was looking for the final deuce in the deck. The river fell the [poker card="5c"] eliminating Timmis as the runner-up in his second final table of the series and adding $77,883 to his bankroll. Frank Crivello walked away with the $106,252.72 first-place prize and his first career gold bracelet. Final Table Payouts Frank Crivello - $106,252.72 Craig Timmis - $77,882.52 Julijan Rados - $57,087.59 Yonathan Journo - $41,845.08 Tszfai Tong - $30,672.34 Jin Li - $22,482.71 Marcus Cara - $16,479.80 Ajay Chabra - $12,079.62 Pulkit Goyal - $8,854.34
  2. Over the 31 days of July, 31 different players picked up a World Series of Poker bracelet on WSOP.com. While the winners dominated the headlines, there were thousands of players - 2,289 to be exact - who added to their WSOP resume with an in-the-money finish. Digging through all of the numbers from the 2020 WSOP Online on WSOP.com shows a number of players who found a way to shine bright on poker's biggest stage. Cash(ing) is King for Ryan Laplante Nobody found their way into the money more often Ryan Laplante. The Las Vegas resident cashed in 18 of the 30 events he was eligible to play in. Laplante earned $47,131 overall and his biggest cash came in Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) where he finished in 11th place for $8,681. There were 57 players who cashed at least 10 times and 1,386 who only hit the payouts window once. [table id=88 /] Former World Champ Tops Total Earnings List 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen walked away from the WSOP.com events pushing a wheelbarrow full of cash. McKeehen won Event #14 ($3,200 NLHE High Roller) for $352,985. That score alone would have put him atop the earnings leaderboard for the Series, but he also managed to cash seven more times for $16,646. Only two players in the earnings list top 10 were not bracelet winners, but both had high-profile runner-up finishes. Frank Funaro finished second to McKeehen in the High Roller event and Matthew Parry finished second in the second-biggest buy-in event on the calendar, Event #29 ($2,000 Deepstack NLHE). [table id=89 /] Just Three Players Score $300,000+ Scores McKeehen's victory also gave him the single biggest score of the entire Series and made him just one of three players to win more than $300,000 from a single event. Event #31 ($1,000 Championship NLHE) winner Nahrain Tamero finished with the second biggest score of $310,832 and Event #29 ($2,000 NLH Deepstack) champ Nick Guagenti snuck past the $300K mark earning $305,433. There 42 six-figure cashes throughout the 31 events and two players had two each. Ryan Torgersen, who finished runner-up in Event #9 ($1,000 Six Max NLHE) the night before winning Event #10 ($600 NLHE Monster Stack) earned $172,362 and $116,379 respectively while William Romaine, runner-up in Event #13 ($1,500 NLHE Freezeout) and Event #28 ($1,000 Omaha 8-or-better Six Max) champion, banked scores of $110,979 and $ 110,670. [table id=90 /] They're Going Streaking Laplante's 18 cashes were buoyed by his run in Events #14-#23 were the bracelet winner cashed in every single event. Those 10 consecutive cashes represent the longest such streak of the Series. Two players, Roland Israelashvili and Huy Nguyen, tied for the next longest streak at six, and another eight players each had streaks of five. [table id=91 /] New Jersey versus Nevada: Tale of the Tape In the battle of the Silver State versus the Garden State, it was the latter that came out on top - but only barely. New Jersey players cashed a total of 1,592 times for $5,047,455 in winnings while their Nevada counterparts finished in the money 1,366 times and won $4,993,437. California and New York put on a worthy undercard battle with Californians earning 886 cashes versus New Yorkers' 718 but the Empire State won more money by banking $3,308,233 versus the $2,881,397 that Californians won. [table id=92 /] Rank & File: Former Number 1s Shine Bright It should come as no surprise to learn that players who have dominated online poker put up decent results during the Series. At least seven former #1-ranked players recorded ITM finishes with three of them hitting the double-digit mark. Bryan Piccioli had the most cashes at 14 while Ari Engel topped the earnings list with $148,919. [table id=93 /]
  3. When the final table of Event #52 ($1,000 NLHE) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online began late Thursday night, Canadian Alek Stasiak had just six blinds. Two hours later he was the last player standing and became the first double bracelet winner of 2020. Stasiak scored his first WSOP bracelet on July 27 when he won Event #33 ($1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief Event). That win came with a $343,203 payday. Thursday's added another $273,505 to his bankroll. The event drew 2,006 entries and had a $1,905,700 prize pool. Stasiak was a spectator on the first few eliminations. Dejan Kaladjurdjevic opened to 400,000 from middle position before Federico Molina moved all in for 2,614,061 from the cutoff. Kunal Bhatia made it 6,026,122 to go and Kaladjurdjevic laid his hand down. Bhatia showed [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] which was bad news for Molina as he tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] flop was an awful one for Molina as he lost one of his queen outs. The [poker card="jh"] turn was a blank and both players made top pair on the [poker card="ad"] river but Bhatia's kicker played and Molina was out in ninth. Five minutes later Jimmy Guerrero saw his second final table of the week come to an earlier than he was hoping for. Guerrero, who finished ninth in Event #49 on Monday, move all in for 2,744,640 from the cutoff before Vincas Tamasauskas re-shoved from the small blind for 3,813,987. Guerrero had two live cards as he showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"] against Tamasauskas' [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Tamasauskas top pair. Guerrero picked up some straight outs on the [poker card="td"] turn but found a brick in the [poker card="5c"] river to bust in eighth place. Another five minutes past before another all in preflop situation lead to the third final table elimination. With blinds of 100K/200K, Denis Peganov was down to 2,804,982 and moved all in from UTG. Jesse Mercado called all in from the hijack and flipped over [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] and Peganov showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] gave Peganov a set of eights and left Mercado drawing very thin. The [poker card="3c"] turn rendered the [poker card="ks"] river meaningless and Mercado was out in seventh. Peganov was back to flopping sets 20 minutes and it meant the end of the night for another player. Action folded to Thomas Hueber in the big blind and he moved all in fro 6,289,872 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"] and Peganov snap-called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="td"][poker card="8c"] flop gave Peganov middle set and left Hueber drawing to his open-ender. The [poker card="3d"] turn was no good and neither was the [poker card="qc"] river to send Hueber to the rail in sixth place. Another blind versus blind spot six minutes later resulted in the next elimination. Tamasauskas moved all in for 3,927,449 from the small blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] and Kaladjurdjevic from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="ah"][poker card="3d"] run out gave Kaladjurdjevic two pair and eliminated Tamasauskas in fifth. Just a few hands after Stasiak had assumed the final table chip lead, he put that stack to use in sending another player out. Peganov moved all in for 5,717,464 from UTG and Stasiak called from the big blind. Peganov was ahead with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] against Stasiak's [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"] but the [poker card="as"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"] flop flipped that. Peganov watched the [poker card="8c"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river complete the board to eliminate him in fourth. Stasiak found another willing combatant 15 minutes later and used to send the tournament to heads up. From the button, Stasiak opened to 800,000, Bhatia called from the small blind but Kaladjurdjevic decided to move all in for 14,712,114 from the big blind. Stasiak came over the top for 18,544,954 and Bhatia folded. Kaladjurdjevic showed [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] and Stasiak was racing with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Stasiak control. The [poker card="as"] turn improved his holding to two pair and the [poker card="5c"] river made Kaladjurdjevic's third place result official. Stasiak had a better than 2-1 chip lead over Bhatia when heads up play began. Bhatia managed to briefly take over that chip lead, but Stasiak battled back and finished things off after after 25 minutes of play. Working with just 13 big blinds, Bhatia moved all in for 7,903,724 from the button and Stasiak called. Bhatia was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"] to Stasiak's [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"]. the [poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"] flop was a safe one for Bhatia and the [poker card="3s"] turn changed nothing. The [poker card="kd"] river however gave Stasiak top pair and eliminated Bhatia in second place. Final Table Payouts Alek Stasiak - $273,505 Kunal Bhatia - $207,190 Dejan Kaladjurdjevic - $150,358 Denis Peganov - $109,114 Vincas Tamasauskas - $79,184 Thomas Hueber - $57,464 Jesse Mercado - $41,701 Jimmy Guerrero - $30,263 Federico Molina - $21,962
  4. After 31 days, the WSOP.com leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online is done and dusted. The Series wrapped up early Saturday morning with Nahrain '2Rivers' Tamero winning Event #31 ($1,000 NLHE Championship) for more than $300,000. The final event of the WSOP.com schedule drew 2,126 entries to create a $2,019,700 prize pool making it the only one of the 31 events to break the $2 million mark. After David 'bewater' Goodman bubbled the final table, it took just two minutes to go from nine players to eight. From middle position, '2Rivers' made it 560,000 to go and Kevin Calenzo called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4d"] and Calenzo moved all in for 942,735 and '2Rivers' called. Calenzo showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] for an open-ended straight draw while '2Rivers' tables [poker card="ac"][poker card="9d"] for ace-high. The turn was the [poker card="3d"] and the [poker card="tc"] river missed Calenzo and he was out in ninth. Just a few minutes later, Andrew Lichtenberger picked up his first elimination of the final table. Down to nearly 11 big blinds, Michael Bailey moved all in from the button for 3,055,945 when action folded to him. Lichtenberger called from the big blind and turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] which put him ahead of Bailey's [poker card="ah"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="5h"] flop gave both players top pair and Lichtenberger's kicker played after the [poker card="8c"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river completed the board to eliminate Bailey in eighth place. Lichtenberger sent another player home early five minutes later. Arian '4632647' Stolt moved all in from UTG and Lichtenberger called from the button. Stolt showed [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"] while Lichtenberger held [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"] flop gave Stolt a gutshot but neither the [poker card="5h"] turn nor [poker card="5s"] river completed that draw and Stolt was done in seventh. Six-handed play lasted 30 minutes. Norman Michalek opened from UTG to 800,000 and 'Bubblealot' moved all in from UTG+1 for 1,459,960. Action folded back to Michalek and he alled and showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] while 'Bubblealot' tabled [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Michalek two pair and 'Bubblealot' found no relief on the [poker card="js"] turn or [poker card="jc"] river and was eliminated in sixth place. '2Rivers' picked up his first victim of the final table five minutes later. From the button, 'goatplaya' moved all in for 3,214,094 and '2Rivers' called from the big blind and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"]. 'goatplaya' had two live cards with kd][poker card="td"] and then picked up a gutshot and flush draw on the [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2d"] flop. The [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="9h"] river both failed to prevent 'goatplaya' from busting in fifth place. By this point Michalek held the biggest stack and used it a few minutes later to send another player out. Brian 'foxxx' Kirchoff moved all in from the button for 5,227,392 and Michalek re-shoved from the small blind forcing '2Rivers' to fold. Kirchhoff turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] but got bad news after Michalek showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] to dominate his opponent. The board ran out [poker card="qd"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"] to give Michalek the pot and eliminate Kirchhoff in fourth. Lichtenberger lasted just a few more hands before hitting the rail. Michalek raised to 1,000,000 from the button before Lichtenberger moved all in from the big blind for 9,214,914. Michalek called and showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] and Lichtenberger tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"] runout kept Michalek in front and eliminated Lichtenberger in third place. Heads up play began with Michalek holding a 3-1 lead over '2Rivers' and over 12 minutes of play, '2Rivers' reversed their fortune and eventually eliminated Michalak to claim victory. With blinds of 250,000/500,000, '2Rivers' raised to 1,000,000 and Michalek called. After the [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] flop, Michalek checked and '2Rivers' bet 1,000,000. Michalek clicked back to 2,500,000 and '2Rivers' called. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] and Michalek bet 2,750,000 and '2Rivers called again. The river was the [poker card="ts"] and Michalek bet his last 5,677,408 and '2Rivers' called. Michalek showed [poker card="5s"][poker card="4d"] for a busted straight draw while '2Rivers' showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="8s"] for two pair to eliminate Michalek in second place and claim the bracelet and $310,832. Final Table Payouts Nahrain '2Rivers' Tamero - $310,831.83 Norman 'abnormality' Michalek - $192,073.47 Andrew 'WATCHGUY42' Lichtenberger - $140,167.18 Brian 'foxxx' Kirchhoff - $103,206.67 Edan 'goatplaya' Sucov - $76,748.60 'Bubblealot' - $57,561.45 Arian '4632647' Stolt - $43,424.55 Michael 'merlot' Bailey - $33,123.08 Kevin 'SpecialK333' Calenz - $25,650.19
  5. As far as father-son World Series of Poker bracelet winners go, Doyle and Todd Brunson have a stranglehold on the category with 11 combined bracelets. Early Thursday morning however, another duo joined the mix when Ireland's Eoghan O'Dea took down Event #51 ($400 Pot Limit Omaha) for a six-figure score. Eoghan's father Donnacha won his only WSOP bracelet in 1998 when he beat Johnny Chan heads up to win a $1,500 PLO event. The first 30 minutes of the final table couldn't have gone any worse for Spain's Daniel Juncadella. After entering the final table fourth in chips, Juncadella was forced to shove his two-blind stack from early position and Jarred Solomon re-raised to 1,835,436 to force the rest of the table to fold. Juncadella showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"] and Solomon had [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"][poker card="js"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="7h"] runout gave Solomon top pair which was good enough eliminate Juncadella in ninth. Just over 20 minutes later, Solomon sent another player to the rail. Solomon opened to 600,000 before Lorenzo Bazei called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5s"] and Bazei moved all in for 1,047,861 and Solomon called. Bazei showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7c"] for top pair but Solomon was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"]. The turn was the [poker card="kc"] and the [poker card="8h"] river gave Bazei a second-best two pair holding and he was out in eighth place. Solomon took a back seat on the next elimination. Ruslan Nazarenko raised to 1,050,000 from the button and Nital Jethalal called from the big blind. After the [poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] flop, Jethalal checked and Nazarenko moved all in for 1,201,360 and Jethalal called instantly. Jethalal showed [poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] for trip fives while Nazarenko had [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="8h"] river failed to save Nazarenko from busting in seventh. O'Dea found his first victim of the night 15 minutes later. Chi Chung Ho moved all in from middle position for 1,386,592 and O'Dea defended his big blind. Ho showed [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"] and O'Dea tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3s"] flop gave O'Dea top pair. He improved to trip jacks on the [poker card="jd"] turn and Ho was officially out in sixth as the [poker card="8h"] completed the board. The two players responsible for the first three final table bustouts clashed in a hand 15 minutes later that send one of them home earlier than they were hoping. Jethalal raised to 1,000,000 from the button before Solomon re-raised to 3,400,000. Jethalal put in another raise this time to 5,800,000 and Solomon called all in. Jethalal showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] while Solomon was slightly ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"] flop gave Solomon two pair but the [poker card="8c"] turn filled Jethalal's straight draw. The [poker card="2h"] river was a brick for Solomon and he was finished in fifth place. Five minutes later O'Dea got back into the mix. Voreland raised from the button to 880,000 and O'Dea called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"] and O'Dea check-called a bet of 980,000. Both players checked the [poker card="tc"] river to get to the [poker card="ts"] river. O'Dea checked and Voreland bet 1,960,000. O'Dea responded by raised to 9,800,000 and Voreland called all in. O'Dea showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3c"] for a full house and Voreland showed [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4h"] and was eliminated in fourth. Five minutes later Robert Le Roux opened to 800,000 from the button and O'Dea fired back a re-raise to 2,800,000 from the small blind. Jethalal folded his big blind and Le Roux moved all in for 5,696,112. O'Dea called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"] while Le Roux needed some help with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"] flop didn't offer Le Roux much assistance. The [poker card="3d"] turn gave him outs to a wheel but the [poker card="qh"] river gave O'Dea a set to end Le Roux's run in third place. O'Dea needed just 10 minutes to go from holding 65% of the chips to holding all of them. On the final hand O'Dea raised from the button to 1,250,000 and Jethalal called from the small blind. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5h"] and Jethalal checked before O'Dea bet 1,100,000. Jethalal raised to 5,800,000 and O'Dea responded by re-raising to 19,900,000 and Jethalal called all in. Jethalal showed [poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"] for bottom two pair and a straight draw but O'Dea showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"] for top set. The turn was the [poker card="kc"] and the [poker card="9s"] river completed the board to make Jethalal the runner-up and give O'Dea the first WSOP bracelet win of his career. Final Table Payouts Eoghan O'Dea - $100,945 Nital Jethalal - $81,963 Robert Le Rous - $59,480 Ben Voreland - $43,165 Jarred Solomon - $31,325 Chi Chung Ho - $22,732 Ruslan Nazarenko - $16,497 Lorenzo Bazei - $11,972 Daniel Juncadella - $8,688
  6. Gavin Cochrane woke up on Tuesday knowing that his fate in the World Poker Tour World Online Championship 8-Max event was largely in his own hands. Cochrane started the final table with nearly 1/3 of the chips in play and a stack double the size of his nearest threat. Over the five hours of final table action, Cochrane eliminated five of his eight competitors to become the first player to earn inclusion in the WPT Champions Club by winning an online poker tournament. Along with getting his name engraved on the Sexton Cup, Cochrane earned entry into the next WPT Tournament of Champions and can buy-in to the event in any subsequent year. Not long after cards were in the air Cochrane opened to 700,000 from middle position before Sam Grafton got his last 281,000 in the middle. Dmitry Yurasov re-raised to 3,200,000 and Cochrane folded. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="jd"][poker card="kh"] to eliminate Grafton in ninth. Grafton's elimination didn't do anything to increase the pace of other bustouts and it took 45 minutes to lose another player. Ognyan Dimov moved all in from UTG for 4,100,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"] and Boivin called. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Dimov top two pair but left Boivin drawing to 15 outs twice. The [poker card="2s"] turn was one of those to give Boivin control. Dimov was unable to fill up on the [poker card="ad"] river and was out in eighth. Just ten minutes Jiachen Gong later moved all in from UTG for 4,700,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] before Daniel Colpoys called from the big blind after waking up with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"] flop didn't look goo for Gong but he did pick up the nut flush draw with the [poker card="qs"] turn. The river was the [poker card="kd"] to miss Gong's draws and he finished in seventh place. Cochrane unofficially took the reigns 25 minutes later after winning a coinflip for the biggest pot of the tournament to this point. Cochrane raised to 1,000,000 from middle position with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] before Colpoys moved all in for 10,300,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. Cochrane called and the [poker card="qs"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] flop kept him in front. Colpoys found no relief on the [poker card="7h"] turn or [poker card="5s"] river and was sent to the rail in sixth. It took just seven minutes for Cochrane to find another victim. Cochrane raised to 1,000,000 wit4h [poker card="ks"][poker card="7s"] before Shyngis Satubayev moved all in for 4,700,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and Cochrane called. The [poker card="Qd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8s"] flop hit both players with Satubayev leading with second pair. The [poker card="kd"] turn gave Cochrane top pair to go with his flush draw and the [poker card="3d"] river was a blank to make Satubayev's fifth place finish official. Yurasov became the third consecutive player eliminated by Cochrane but it took nearly two hours of four-handed play to get there. Action folded to Cochrane in the big blind and he moved all in for 27,100,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. Yurasov called off his last 7,300,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8h"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="7c"] to eliminate Yurasov in fourth. Two hands later, Cochrane folded his button before Lars Kamphues moved all in for 7,400,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="8d"] and Boivin called with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"]. The board ran out [poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"] to give Boivin the pot and eliminate Kamphues in third place. Boivin started heads-up play holding 65% of the chips in play but lost the lead after 15 minutes of play. Another half hour passed before Cochrane finished off his final opponent. Boivin called from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="4d"] before Cochrane opted to raise to 4,000,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. Boivin responded by moving all in for 22,600,000 and Cochrane called. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="td"][poker card="jh"] runout changed nothing and Boivin was done in second giving Cochrane the victory. Final Table Payouts Gavin Cochrane - $540,664.20 Thomas Boivin - $388,118.52 Lars Kamphues - $256,727.88 Dmitry Yurasov - $173,995.60 Shyngis Satubayev - $123,298.20 Daniel Colpoys - $87,296.40 Jiachen Gong - $61,171.20 Ognyan Dimov - $48,427.20 Sam Grafton - $40,143.60
  7. Enrico Camosci did such a phenomenal job of navigating his way through the 1,168-entry field in Event #50 ($2,100 NLHE Bounty Championship) that he basically finished first AND second in the event. Camosci's total earnings of $327,319.28 came from the first place share of $184,579 from the prize pool and then another $142,740 in bounties - that was more than Omer Ozsirkinti share of the prize pool for coming in second place. Former WSOP Main Event final tablist Damian Salas started the final table with the third shortest stack and just two minutes later, he was out. Aki Virtanen raised from middle position to 352,000 before Salas moved all in for 1,292,833 in the big blind. Virtanen called and turned over [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and Salas showed [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"][poker card="8s"] flop gave Virtanen an even firmer grasp on the pot. The [poker card="5h"] turn gave Salas some hope but the [poker card="qd"] gave Virtanen quad queens to send the Argentian to the rail in ninth place. 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure winner Dominik Panka was the shortest stack at the final table and lasted four minutes after Salas departed. Panka moved all in for 864,000 for middle position before Murilo Figueredo came over the top from the button for 1,616,000 forcing the blinds to fold. Panka showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] but found himself dominated by Figueredo's [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] flop took away one of Panka's outs. The [poker card="8d"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="3h"] river sealed Panka's eighth place finish. Virtanen sent another player to the rail four minutes later. From the cutoff, Virtanen raised to 352,000 before Connor Drinan jammed his last 2,310,707 into the middle from the small blind. Virtanen called and sshowed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] which had him racing against Drinan's [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] runout didn't connect with Drinan and he was out in seventh. It took 10 minutes for the next elimination to occur and once again it was Virtanen doing the dirty work. Virtanen opened to 352,000 from the cutoff and Renato Valentim jammed his last 1,904,000 and Virtanen called. Valentim showed [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"] while Virtanen was behind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"] flop changed things in a hurry and Valentim didn't find any help on the [poker card="7d"] turn or [poker card="jc"] river and was eliminated in sixth place. The remaining five players played for nearly a half hour without busting anybody before the short stack couldn't hold out any longer. Camosci raised to 480,000 from UTG and Figueredo moved all in from the big blind for 714,952 and Camosci called. Figueredo turned over [poker card="kh"][poker card="6c"] while Camosci had [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Camosci top pair and the [poker card="ad"] turned that into an even stronger holding. The meaningless [poker card="6d"] river ended Figueredo's night with a fifth place finish. Camosci continued to accumulate chips and soon found himself taking out another player. Camosci raised to 600,000 from the button and Alexander Fitasov moved all in from the big blind for 5,565,902. Camosci called and turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] while Fitasov held [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. Camosci improved on the [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="5h"] flop. Fitasov picked up some extra outs on the [poker card="ts"] turn but couldn't turn it into anything with the [poker card="8c"] river and was out in fourth. Virtanen's night ended three minutes later. Omer Ozsirkinti raised to 600,000 from the button and Virtanen defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5d"], Virtanen checked, Ozsirkinti bet 666,666 and Virtanen raised all in for 4,059,740. Ozsirkinti called and showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] while Virtanen showed [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"] for a flopped flush. The [poker card="9s"] turn changed nothing but the [poker card="3d"] river gave Ozsirkinti the nut flush to bust Virtanen in third place. Camosci had 63% of the chips when heads up action started and it took just 10 minutes for him to acquire the rest. The final hand was one for SportsCenter. Camosci raised to 800,000, Ozsirkinti re-raised to 2,600,000, Camosci moved all in for 18,772,267 and Ozsirkinti called all in. Ozsirkinti showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] while Camosci showed [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Ozsirkinti top pair but gave Camosci nine more outs to a flush. The [poker card="tc"] turn was a blank but Camosci caught the [poker card="3s"] river to eliminate Ozsirkinti and lay claim to his first career WSOP bracelet and a $327,319.28 score. Final Table Payouts Enrico Camosci - $327,319.28 Omer Ozsirkinti - $182,563,69 Aki Virtanen - $144,249.40 Alexander Fitasov - $77,292.64 Murilo Figueredo - $69,849.10 Renato Valentim - $44,463.19 Connor Drinan - $26,960.24 Dominik Panka - $19,565.05 Damian Salas - $14,198.44
  8. Whether it was during his highly successful career as a junk bond trader or his time at the poker tables, 58-year-old Alan Goehring made a life out of being unconventional. You don’t make millions trading by following trends and you don’t win poker tournaments doing what everybody else is doing. Moving the World Series of Poker to an entirely online schedule for 2020 was expected to be a coming-out party for young unheralded American poker pros expected to be the next generation of poker stars. In early July, Goehring once again defied convention and worked his way through a 1,479 player field in Event #8 ($500 NLHE Freezeout) to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career and $119,400. Winning a bracelet in 2020 doesn’t come with the normal celebrations at the club or dinner at a five-star restaurant that it might have in any other year. "After I won, it was about 2:30 in the morning, I went upstairs and woke up my wife to let her know she married a champion," Goehring said. "Then I had a glass of champagne. That was basically my celebration." Like a seasoned barkeep perfectly blending aged bourbon with bitters to craft a perfect Old Fashioned, Goehring combines humility and braggadocio when referring to himself as a poker champion. He was already a champion before this summer even began. A two-time champion in fact. In 2003, Goehring won the inaugural World Poker Tour World Championship for a shade more than $1,000,000. Three years later he won the LA Poker Classic for his second WPT championship and $2,391,500. In the few live events he has played the past few years, including a 93rd place finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, Goehring has noticed that a strategy he pioneered 17 years ago has become the standard play now. At both of those WPT final tables that Goehring won, he was opening pots by raising the minimum. The standard then varied between a first bet of three to five times the big blind. "When I was using it, playing a lot back in 2003 to 2006, it was not very common and I thought in 10 years it would be the industry standard," Goehring said. "In fact, I always thought that was one of my competitive advantages. I have some poker notes and in there I write, ‘everybody else is wrong’. So yeah, I would say I'm not surprised about it." In 1999, Goehring found himself in a spot every poker player since has dreamed about: heads up for the WSOP Main Event. Goehring eventually finished second to Noel Furlong, but he doesn’t look back at that with any regret or disappointment though. Goehring calls himself to be a realist and says when he started the final day second in chips, he knew his expected finish was either second or third. Coming out on the high end of that expectation felt like a win. Goehring went 21 years without making another WSOP final table and ranks winning this bracelet up there with his other obvious choices. "I would say (the bracelet) is one of my four big poker achievements or accomplishments or whatever you want to call it. The two WPT titles, the runner-up in the World Series of Poker, and this bracelet," Goehring said. "I haven't been, to be honest, going crazy trying to win a bracelet playing 20 events every year. So it's nice. And I thought it would never happen." From 2008 until 2018, Goehring played sparingly, focusing nearly all of his energy and effort in making as much money as possible in the markets. In February 2019, feeling like he needed to reset a little bit, Goehring opened an account with WSOP.com. His return to the tables started near the bottom. "Started playing a lot of $10 and $20 tournaments, because I was really rusty, right? So then I was playing and worked my way up and now, everything's good," Goehring said. In a normal WSOP schedule, Goehring says he’d play between 8 and 10 events, all No Limit Hold’em with buy-ins in the $2,500 or higher range. This year he played 20 bracelet events for the first time ever, all because the events were single-day online tournaments. While he’s hardly become a volume-based grinder, over the past few months, Goehring has become a bit of an online MTT regular. Playing from his home in Henderson, Nevada, he’s has won 15 events, including a $200 buy-in, 900-runner event. "I play two events a day, basically and maybe on Sunday, three or four," Goehring said. "So I probably play a couple of hours a day or whatever. I'm not sitting here grinding 40 hours a week or something like that."
  9. The shortest recorded war in history was the Anglo-Zanzibar War. It lasted 38 minutes. That's the same amount of time that Vladas Burneikis needed to dust off the final table of Event #49 ($500 Turbo Deepstack NLHE) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online on Sunday night on the way to earning the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Burneikis eliminated five of his final eight opponents to win $192,523 and the hardware. Prior to this win, his lifetime WSOP cashes totaled $3,568 and his total live earnings was just a tad more than $200,000. Five minutes after the final table began, the first player was sent packing. Action folded to Pierre Marlin in the cutoff and he moved all in for 21,744,166 and Jimmy Guerrero called from the big blind for 7,817,956. Guerrero showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"] and Merlin tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="3s"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="2d"] flop paired Merlin's ace but gave Guerrero middle set. The [poker card="4d"] turn kept Merlin's runner-runner hopes alive and the [poker card="5c"] turn completed his straight to eliminate Guerrero in ninth place. Eight minutes later, Burneikis opened to 3,000,000 from middle position and Guillaume Nolet moved all in for 8,978,617 from the big blind. Burneikis called and tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and found out he was racing against the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] of Nolet. The board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="js"][poker card="qc"] to give Burneikis top pair and elimniate Nolet in eighth. Six minutes later, Burneikis ended another player's night. Burneikis opened to 2,400,000 from middle position before Zhewen Hu raised all in for 10,445,311 from the big blind. Burneikis called and showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] while Hu tabled [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"] flop put Burneikis in control and neither the [poker card="qh"] turn or [poker card="4d"] river kept Hu from a seventh place result. Burneikis simply couldn't be stopped at this point. Two minutes after eliminating Hu, the Lithuanian grinder came out on top of a blind versus blind battle. Action folded to Burneikis in the small blind and he raised to 20,400,000 and Ezequiel Waigel called all in from the big blind. Burneikis showed [poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"] and Waigel happily showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="8c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"] flop flipped the script and Waigel was unable to change it back as the [poker card="4c"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river completed the board. Waigel was done and dusted in sixth. The next elimination also came in a battle of the blinds but this time Burneikis was in the role of spectator. Pierre Marlin moved all in from the small blind and Jeff Cormer called all in from the big. Marlin happily turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"] and Cormier tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Cormier a pair of tens and the [poker card="3h"] turn added a flush draw. The [poker card="qd"] river was a brick for Cormier and he was eliminated in fifth place. Two hands later, Burneikis sent the short stack home. Down to less than half of a big blinds, Brendan Sheehan was all in from the small blind with [poker card="js"][poker card="2h"] and Burneikis called from the big with [poker card="qh"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="td"][poker card="qc"] runout made Sheehen's elimination in fourth place official. On the very next hand, Merlin moved all in from the small blind for 42,739,662 and Kolev called from the big blind. Merlin showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"] and Kolev had live cards with [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="2c"] flop left Kolev drawing to a gutshot or some runner-runner help. The [poker card="2h"] turn was a blank as was the [poker card="3c"] river and Kolev was out in third. After the fast-paced eliminations leading to heads up, the one-on-one battle took a relatively longer time. Burneikis needed 10 minutes of play to finish off Merlin. Down to just under five big blinds, Merlin moved all in for 9,736,310 and Burneikis called. Merlin tabled [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"] and Burneikis had [poker card="qs"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"] flop missed Merlin. The [poker card="qc"] turn however made his bustout official and the [poker card="qd"] river served only as an unnecessary needle. Burneikis' victory also included a $12,000 WSOP Europe package. Final Table Payouts Vladas Burneikis - $192,523 Pierre Merlin - $147,052 Boris Kolev - $105,732 Brendan Sheehan - $76,022 Jeff Cormier - $54,660 Ezequiel Waigel - $39,301 Zhewen Hu - $28,258 Guillaume Nolet - $20,317 Jimmy Guerrero - $14,608
  10. Sitting at a World Series of Poker Online final table for the third time this week on Sunday, Paul Ming Juen Teoh bested his 5th and 7th place finishes by beating 486 other players to win Event #47 ($1,000 Short Deck) for his first career WSOP bracelet. Teoh previously made the final table of Event #37 ($1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha) where he finished fifth and Event #40 ($2,500 Pot Limit Omaha) where he finished seventh. His win comes just four months after he shipped the Asian Poker Tour $400 buy-in Short Deck Championship event also on the GGPoker network. Nine-handed play went on for over an hour without anybody hitting the rail. Then, in the blink of an eye, two players were eliminated on a single hand. First to act, Shota Nakanishi moved all in for 3,945,510 before Boon Heng Siong shoved over the top for 12,640,688. Andrei Konopelko called from the button. Nakanishi showed [ac][kh], Siong tabled [as][qs], and Konopelko was behind both with [ad][js]. The [9h][7c][7s] flop changed nothing but the [tc][8s] runout gave Konopelko running cards to a straight and eliminated Nakanishi in ninth place and Siong in eighth. It took just three minutes for the next elimination. Mykhailo Krasnytskyi moved all in for 2,020,568 from early position and Michael Watson made it 16,400,608 to go and Konopelko called. Krasnytskyi was behind with [ac][td] to Watson's [ah][qh] and Konopelko's [as][kc]. The [ad][tc][6h] flop gave Krasnytskyi two pair but the [kh] turn returned the lead to Konopelko. The [jd] river gave Watson a straight to give him the pot, taking a significant chunk from Konopelko and eliminating Krasnytskyi in seventh. Down to just 216,700 after losing a massive pot to Michelle Shah, Jose Luis Masliah moved all in and was called by Orsino, Teoh, Watson, and Shah. Everybody checked through the [qd][qh][jd] flop. The turn was the [7d] and Watson bet 814,011 and only Orsino called. The river was the [8s] and Orsino check-called Teoh's bet of 2,047,361. Teoh showed [ac][qs], Orsino had [kc][qc] and Masliah tabled [js][tc] to finish in sixth. The five remaining players battled for an hour before saying bidding adieu to somebody. Joseph Orsino moved all in from UTG for 17,195,148 before Watson re-shoved for 23,775,784. Orsino showed [kh][qh] while Watson had the lead with [ad][jd]. The [ks][6c][6h] flop made top pair for Orsino but the lead was short-lived after the [as] turn paired Watson. The [9h] river changed nothing and Orsino was out in fifth. It took yet another hour to get the next elimination. Shah moved all in from the cutoff for 39,016,736 and Konopelko called all in from the button. Shah showed [kd][qs] and Konopelko turned over [as][qc]. The [ts][9c][6c] flop gave Shah a gutshot which came in on the [kc] turn. Konopelko still had outs, however the [7h] turn was not one of them and he was out in fourth. Ten minutes later Teoh sent the tournament to heads up. The Malaysian pro moved all in for 76,670,112 and Watson called with his tournament life on the line. Watson was ahead with [jc][jd] to Teoh's [th][ts] but the [ah][9d][8h][qs][js] runout gave Teoh a straight to end Watson's run with a third place finish. Teoh had Shah outchipped by a 2.5-1 margin when heads up action began and he needed just 15 minutes to collect them all. Teoh opened to 4,500,000 and Shah shipped her last 17,387,104. Teoh called and turned over [qh][jd] while Shah had [ah][js]. the [kd][qs][8d] flop gave Teoh second pair and gave Shah outs to a straight. The [9c] turn and [8h] river were both blanks for Shah and she was eliminated in second place giving Teoh the bracelet and $82,202. Final Table Payouts Paul Ming Juen Teoh - $82,202 Michelle Shah - $60,254 Michael Watson - $44,166 Andrei Konopelko - $32,373 Joseph Orsino - $23,730 Jose Luis Masliah - $17,394 Mykhailo Krasnytskyi - $12,750 Boon Heng Siong - $9,345 Shota Nakanishi - $6,850
  11. At the 2019 multiple members of the Best Player Without a Bracelet Club made themselves ineligible for membership. One of those was Brazil's Yuri Dzivielevski who won the $2,500 O8/Stud8 event to win his first bracelet. On Saturday, Dzivielevski joined the club where multiple bracelets are required for membership. Dzivielevski topped the 4,356-entry field in Event #42 ($400 PLOSSUS) of the 2020 WSOP Online on GGPoker to earn $206,556,78 and a WSOP Europe package. The Brazilian began the final table with the lead and needed just over three hours to work his way through his opponents and accumulate all of the chips. The first elimination didn't come for over an hour. Markus Cara raised to 4,200,000 from UTG before Gabi Livshitz re-raised to 7,400,000 on the button. Cara called and the flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2s"] and Cara moved all in for 475,112. Livshitz called and turned over [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="js"][poker card="4s"] for overs and a flush draw while Cara tabled [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] for top set. The [poker card="7c"] turn didn't change anything but the [poker card="qs"] river gave Livshitz the flush to eliminate Cara in ninth. Five minutes later Dustin Dirksen saw his short deck take one last ride. Dzivielevski opened from UTG to 2,520,000 before Dirksen shoved all in for 2,858,311 from the cutoff. Tautvydas Jokubauskas bet 12,294,933 and Dzivielevski fodled. Dirksen showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"] which put him behind Jokubauskas' [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="kh"] runout was no help for Dirksen and he was out in eighth place. The remaining seven players player for nearly an hour without an elimination. Dzivielevski ended that streak. The Brazilian opened to 7,000,000 from late position before Chad Layne moved all in for 11,996,240 from the cutoff. Action folded around to Dzivielevski and he called and turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="7d"]. Layne tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="kc"] and got bad news when the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"] gave Dzivielevski two pair. Neither the 8h] turn or [poker card="6s"] river was able to improve Layne's hand and he was eliminated in seventh. Five minutes later Juan Perez was down to 2.5 big blinds when he moved all in from UTG. Gabi Peretz called from the button and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"][poker card="js"][poker card="7h"] and Perez was needed help after flipping over [poker card="as"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] flop didn't change anything and while the [poker card="8s"] turn gave him two pair it was still second best. The river was the [poker card="3c"] and Perez finished sixth. Jokubauskas sent another player to the rail 10 minutes later. Samuel Bernabeu raised to 10,500,000 from UTG before Jokubauskas made it 24,312,132 from his direct left. Bernabeu called all in and showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"][poker card="3c"] which bested Jokubauskas' [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"] flop gave Jokubauskas more outs. The [poker card="ad"] turn gave him the lead with top pair and the [poker card="tc"] river wasn't good enough to save Bernabeu from going home in fifth place. A blind versus blind battle was the setting for the next elimination. Jokubauskas raised to 9,000,000 from the small blind and Livshitz called. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"] flop got Jokubauskas to bet 13,500,00 and Livshitz called off his last 11,450,828. Livshitz found out he was ahead when he showed [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"] for a flopped straight but Jokubauskas had some out with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"][poker card="js"][poker card="9h"]. There was no drama however as the [poker card="9d"] turn completed a full house for Jokubauskas and as the [poker card="4c"] completed the board, Livshitz was out in fourth place. Dzivielevski held more than two-thirds of the chips in play and used them to bust yet another player. Jokubauskas raised to 14,000,000 on the button and Dzivielevski re-raised to 46,000 from the small blind. Jokubauskas called all in and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] while Dzivielevski tabled [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3s"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3c"] flop gave Dzivielevski bottom set. He improved to a full house on the [poker card="9s"] turn and Jokubauskas was down to 10 outs heading to the river. The [poker card="4c"] river was a brick and Jokubauskas was out in third place. Dzivielevski began heads up play with a 3.5-1 lead over Matt Vengrin. After 12 minutes of play, Dzivielevski had Vengrin down to 10 big blinds. Dzivielevski raised to 12,000,000 from the button and Vengrin called. After the [poker card="8s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] flop, Vengrin bet 24,000,000 and Dzivielevski raised to 48,000,000. Vengrin called off his last 4,342,912 and showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] for a pair of eights. Dzivielevski was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"]. The [poker card="2d"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river didn't improve Vengrin and he was eliminated as the runner-up giving Dzivielevski the win and $221,557 which includes a $15,000 WSOP Europe package. Final Table Payouts Yuri Dzivielevski - $221,557 Matt Vengrin - $165,147 Tautvydas Jokubauskas - $116,777 Gabi Livshitz - $82,573 Samuel Bernabeu - $58,388 Juan Perez - $41,287 Chad Layne - $29,194 Dustin Dirksen - $20,643 Markus Cara - $14,597
  12. Ranno Sootla etched his name into the World Series of Poker record books on Saturday multiple times after taking down Event #41 ($400 NLHE Colossus) of the WSOP Online. The tournament featured the largest prize pool and first place prize for a WSOP Online event and made him the first Estonian to win a WSOP bracelet. The multi-starting flight Colossus drew 12,757 entries and built up a $4,796,632 prize pool with Sootla taking home $595,930 for first place. The Estonian survived a final table where two other players were responsible for six of the last eight eliminations and he never held the chip lead until the final 15 minutes. It didn't take long to get the first final table elimination. Just a few minutes after play resumed Ajay Chabra moved all in from middle position for 27,061,079 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] and Paraskevas Tsokaridis re-shoved from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] forcing the blinds to fold. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="as"] to give Tsokaridis a rivered pair of aces to eliminate Chabra in ninth place. Ten minutes later, Andre Figueiredo moved all in for 49,703,960 from the hijack with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and Lai Sisheng called off his last 17,651,368 from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"]. Sisheng could do nothing but watch as the [poker card="qc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4h"] failed to save him from an eighth place finish. Five minutes later, Team partypoker Pro Joni Jouhkimainen got in on the action. Tom Delaine moved all in from middle position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"] only to have Jouhkimainen re-shove over the top with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] right behind him. Everybody else folded and Jouhkimainen stayed in complete control on the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4d"] flop, [poker card="5c"] turn, and [poker card="8d"] river to end Delaine's tournament with a seventh place result. Tsokaridis got back on the elimination train 15 minutes later in a blind versus blind situation. Agate Ose moved all in for 66,232,684 from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"] and Tsokaridis called from the big with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] flop left Ose drawing thin with two cards to come and both the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="6c"] river were bricks and the Austrian was eliminated in sixth. Barely a minute passed before Tsokaridis did it again. This time he raised to 12,000,000 from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] before Arunas Sapitavicius moved all in for 106,907,600 from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"]. Tsokaridis called and then watched again as the [poker card="jd"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="kd"] runout connected with his hand and failed to save Sapitavicius from busting in fifth place. While Tsokaridis worked with the chip lead, Jouhkimainen picked up another elimination. Figueiredo moved all in for 35,755,328 from the button with [poker card="ks"][poker card="4s"] and Jouhkimainen called from the big blind with [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"]. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="th"][poker card="6s"] to make Figueiredo's fourth place finish official. Despite having picked up that elimination, Jouhkimainen only got to hang out for another 15 minutes. The Finn called from the small blind before Tsokaridis raised to 19,200,000 from the big blind. Jouhkimainen responded by moving all in for 149,919,599 and Tsokaridis called. Jouhkimainen turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="4s"] but got bad news when Tsokaridis showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"][poker card="6s"] flop only made things worse and Jouhkimainen was drawing dead after the [poker card="2c"] turn. The river was an inconsequential [poker card="4h"] to eliminated Jouhkimainen in third and send the tournament to heads up. Tsokaridis had 64% of the chips in play when heads up play started. Sootla dominated heads up play early on and took over the chip lead for the first time at the final after just five minutes of one-on-one action. Over the next 30 minutes, Sootla continued to chip away at Tsokaridis' stack and eventually found a spot where all the chips went in the middle. With blinds at 5M/10M, Tsokaridis called from the button before Sootla raised to 30,000,0000. Tsokaridis moved all in for 172,211,296m and Sootla called and showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. Tsokaridis had outs after tabling [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="ts"] runout did not improve Tsokaridis' hand and he was out in second place giving Sootla the win and nearly $600,000 payday. Final Table Payouts Ranno Sootla - $595,930 Paraskevas Tsokaridis - $433,345 Joni Jouhkimainen - $308,904 Andre Figueiredo - $220,198 Arunas Sapitavicius - $156,964 Agate Ose - $111,890 Tom Delaine - $79,759 Lai Sisheng - $56,885 Ajay Chabra - $40,529
  13. Counted amongst the winners at the halfway point of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online are a former WSOP Main Event champion, multiple World Poker Tour champions, and previous bracelet winners. Mixed in with that group of professional poker players and all of their pedigree is a 36-year-old former walk-on college football player turned family man from Ohio with $25,000 in live earnings and no previous online poker success worth bragging about. Now living in Las Vegas, Terrell Cheatham beat out 1,528 entries to win Event #16 ($500 NLHE Turbo) of the WSOP Online and take home a $116,204.40 score. He’s not a professional poker player but he’s never let what he’s not stand in his way of doing what needs to be done. It’s a personal ethos reflected in his screenname, 'Heezahustla'. Cheatham arrived on the Kent State University campus in the fall of 2004 on an academic scholarship. He wanted to play football though and agreed to try out as a walk-on. Through hard work, Cheatham went from a walk-on standing on the sideline during games to a full-ride football scholarship playing 10 games in 2005 and 2006 before graduating with a degree in Business Management and eventually a master’s in Sports and Recreation Management. Cheatham moved to Las Vegas from Akron, Ohio eight years ago simply for a change of pace. He chose Sin City, in part, because it was so different from Akron and gave him a chance to find a good-paying job and would allow him to play some cards on the side. Today, Cheatham plays poker as a means of supplementing his income and can usually be found in the $1/$3 or $2/$5 cash game streets in Las Vegas. Otherwise, he can be found navigating the streets of Las Vegas as a rideshare driver. "I started off in catering, then I worked in events and trade shows, and Uber and Lyft. A little bit of everything," Cheatham said. Driving drunken tourists from one strip casino to another or making sure Vegas locals can get to where they need to go is how Cheatham pays the bills for his growing family. He met his girlfriend not long after he arrived in Las Vegas. She had a son from a previous relationship and the couple added another son three years ago. "He just turned three on the 27th and her son, he’s eight now. I’ve been helping raise him too," Cheatham said. The coronavirus pandemic put his household in a difficult situation. There weren’t any event shifts for him to pick up while the city was shut down and rideshare business slowed. Now that Las Vegas is open again, Cheatham has to balance the need to be able to pay the bills with the overwhelming desire to keep his family safe from the virus. "There wasn’t anybody on the roads. It was super slow, the roads were empty, but (business) is starting to get back to somewhat normal because people aren’t staying in like they’re supposed to," Cheatham said. "I’m just worried about keeping my family safe and not bringing anything back home. We’ve been staying in pretty much. We’ve just been homebodies." Spending more time inside meant Cheatham had more time to play online poker. He’s entered 10 bracelet events on WSOP.com and cashed in five of them, including the win. The $116,204 first place prize gave Cheatham and his family some breathing room but by no means meant the end of the grind. "Pay off some bills, yeah, then get back to it," Cheatham said. "It’s not life-changing money, so I keep going." Along with the money, Cheatham also won that piece of jewelry that nearly every poker player, amateur or pro, at one point in their time playing the game has dreamed of winning. Cheatham had his entire family with him as the final hand was dealt. "I was psyched. I had my sons next to me. My girl was there watching too, she saw the final hand," Cheatham said. "We were just high-fiving each other." There wasn’t a huge celebration to follow, though. He saw the kids off to bed, had a beverage or two and called it a night. Cheatham spent the next two days relaxing before returning to the tables. "Took a couple of days off, then got back there to a final table," Cheatham said. He played one event without cashing and then finished fifth in Event #22 ($500 NLHE) for $28,493. He’s posted two more cashes since and hopes to pick up one more in the $1,000 buy-in Championship event on Friday. "Hopefully, maybe some live (poker) happens before the end of the year. Maybe I’ll get in some of those," Cheatham said.
  14. There might not be much known about Patrick Kennedy, the winner of World Series of Poker Online Event #45 ($840 Bounty NLHE) on Friday morning, but at least five of his opponents at the final table will be cursing his name for some time. Kennedy eliminated five of the other eight players at the final table to take home the $140,768 first place prize and more than $100,000 in bounties. It took just a few minutes of final table play for the first player to bust. Chi Chung Ho moved all in from UTG+1 for 3,592,712 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jc"]. Jose Severino called all in from the big blind and was racing with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="4c"] flop hit Ho the hardest but Severino was now drawing to a flush. Unfortunately for Severino, neither the [poker card="9d"] turn or [poker card="9h"] river brought the flush home and he was eliminated in ninth. Arie Kliper made it 600,000 to go from middle position before Kennedy moved all in for 16,001,688 from the button. Francesco Favia called off his last 2,482,628 from the small blind and Kliper folded when action came back to him. Kennedy turned over [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] and Favia needed some help after turning over [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"] flop missed Favia entirely and the [poker card="6s"] turn gave Kennedy a full house. The [poker card="qs"] river was too little too late for Favia and he was out in eighth place. A few minutes later, Ho Yin Tai decided to make a stand. From the cutoff, Tai moved all in for 4,172,092 - just a shade more than 10 big blinds - with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"] and Franco Spitale woke up in the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. Tai got no help on the [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"] flop, [poker card="5h"] turn, or [poker card="td"] river and was eliminated in seventh. Kennedy ended another opponent's run just three minutes later. Kliper moved all in for 5,838,781 from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] and Kennedy moved all in for 18,259,316 from the small blind with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="th"][poker card="8c"] runout didn't save Kliper and he was sent to the rail in sixth place. It took almost 30 minutes to go from five players remaining to four. Down to just 13 big blinds, Chi Chung Ho moved all in from the button for 6,541,828 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"] and Josh Pollock called from the big blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"]. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="td"][poker card="ks"] to make Ho the fifth place finisher. Kennedy kept up his role of being the executioner at this final table. Action folded to Kennedy in the small blind and he shoved for 26,375,127 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] and Spitale called off his last 2,769,825 with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"]. Spitale could only watch the [poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"] runout to end his tournament with a fourth place result. Kennedy continued to maintain the chip lead and then put it to good use to send the second-biggest stack out. Kennedy called from the button, Pollock did likewise from the small blind and Bernardo Dias checked from the big blind. All three players then checked after seeing the [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="th"] and Pollock fired a bet of 1,005,000 before Dias made it 3,015,000 to go. Kennedy moved all in and Pollock folded but Dias called all in. Dias showed [poker card="td"][poker card="7d"] for two pair but Kennedy showed [poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] for a turned straight. Dias didn't fill up on the [poker card="qc"] river and was eliminated in third. Thanks largely to that pot, Kennedy had a slightly better than 3-1 chip lead over Pollock when heads up play started. That didn't stop Pollock, a two-time WSOP bracelet winner, from making it competitive. He worked his way into the chip lead but wasn't able to spend much time on top before meeting his fate as the runner-up. Kennedy raised to 1,200,000 before Pollock re-raised to 4,200,000. Kennedy moved all in for and Pollock called off his last 24,769,156. Pollock showed [poker card="td"][poker card="td"] but got bad news as Kennedy tabled [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] flop didn't offer Pollock much hope and the [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="qh"] river completed the board to eliminate Pollock in second. Final Table Payouts Patrick Kennedy - $245,448.39 Josh Pollock - $101,212.03 Bernardo Dias - $72,772.29 Franco Spitale - $52,323.96 Chi Chung Ho - $37,621.40 Arie Kliper - $27,050.18 Ho Yin Tai - $19,449.31 Francesco Favia - $13,984.34 Jose Severino - $10,054.89
  15. The long-running feud between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu is apparently be coming to a livestream near you. After two days of back and forth on Twitter, the pair are now on a collision course for a high stakes heads-up poker match sometime in the fall. The animosity between the two was reignited earlier this week after Polk posted a video on his YouTube channel which featured footage from Negreanu's livestreamed threat that caused the six-time WSOP bracelet to have his Twitch channel suspended. Polk's video, which was subsequently removed from YouTube, also included clips from Negreanu's MasterClass commercial and footage of Negreanu wearing blackface. The pair have feuded over the last several years dating back to 2016 when Polk produced a video titled Daniel Negreanu Says More Rake Is BETTER?!. Those four words, "More Rake is Better", became a mantra used by Polk and many of his supporters to voice their displeasure with PokerStars, the poker site Negreanu was a Team Pro for at the time, and Negreanu himself. Polk went as far as to wear a t-with the slogan on it during the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl where he was serendipitously seated next to Negreanu and rented a billboard outside of the Rio Hotel & Casino a week later during the World Series of Poker with the four-word saying emblazoned on it. The idea of the two playing a high stakes poker match to try and settle the feud came from podcaster Joey Ingram. At the very least, it does appear that the two sides have agreed to a framework built around the following conditions: Between 10,000 - 25,000 hands of No Limit Hold'em Stakes of $200/$400 Online, two tables at a time A time and a date has not been officially agreed upon yet, but both players indicated that late-September or early-October fit their schedule. Details on the potential streaming of the match - including a contentious point on whether or not hole cards will be shown to the viewing audience - are also still being finalized. The actual match may still be months away, but both players continued the verbal sparring on Twitter on Thursday after Negreanu wrote a blog post detailing his reasons for agreeing to the match. "So in the end, why am I doing this? To give the people what they want. For many years now this man has made a living off of trashing me on a regular basis, well past an unhealthy obsession, regurgitating the same attack lines over and over. Not because he truly believes I’m an evil monster, but purely for personal gain disguised as standing for some noble cause," Negreanu wrote.
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